Faculty and Global Learning Initiatives

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Global Learning Initiatives are academic opportunities for UTM students to engage with international communities. Global Learning Initiatives are intentionally open to allow for variations and approaches that are discipline, regional, and challenge specific. By embedding a global learning initiative within your course you can expand student learning beyond the classroom, build relationships with international institutions and organizations, and internationalize the learning experience.  Global Learning Initiatives offer many benefits to students such as; 
  • Providing opportunities for intercultural development  
  • Enhancing communication skills 
  • Allowing students to develop professionally and personally 
  • Improving problem-solving skills 
  • Empowering students 

Types of Global Learning Initiatives

Global Classrooms 

Connect with an international colleague to offer collaborative online international learning (COIL) opportunities within your course. Global Classrooms offer UTM students a way to engage with international peers remotely by leveraging existing technology. Below are some examples of the formats a Global Classroom can take: 
  • Collaborative student projects, papers, research, etc. 
  • Guest lectures 
  • Collaborative study groups  
  • Sharing resources / presenting finding to one another 
  • Develop and deliver an entire course with an international colleague 

International Community Connections 

Connect your students with an international organization to offer immersive connections and experience with communities worldwide. complete research or develop innovative projects to support the organization’s operations. Below are some examples of the formats an International Community Connections can take: 
  • Students complete a research project for the organization 
  • Students develop an innovative solution to a problem the organization is facing 
  • Students attend virtual workshops lead by community members 
  • Storytelling and Q&A opportunities with community members 

Intercultural Learning & Development in the Classroom 

Intercultural Learning & Development in the Classroom rejects monocultural approaches to learning and instead encourages students to consider learning from global and intercultural perspectives.  This can be achieved by considering issues and topics from a variety of perspectives and creating dynamics for diversity of opinions in the classroom. Below are some examples of Intercultural Learning & Development in the Classroom: 
  • Designing assessments that recognize and validate cultural differences 
  • Creating opportunities for cultural interaction among students 
  • Embedding Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies and ontologies 
  • Including global issues in debates/videos/essay topics/etc.  

UTM Abroad 

UTM Abroad Academic Experiences are developed by academic departments, taught by UTM faculty, and linked to the International Education Centre who facilitates the UTM Abroad program. Courses are offered during the semester, or year, with an embedded global experience during the break periods (e.g. Fall/Winter Reading Week), or embedded in a summer course. Pedagogically, UTM Abroad Academic Experiences capitalize on their international location, connecting the global experience to the course material. Options for this include; 
  • A semester or full-year course with a mandatory embedded international experience during a study break or an embedded experience during the summer.  
  • A semester or full-year course with an optional embedded international experience during a study break or an embedded experience during the summer. Those students who do not partake in the international experience would complete an assignment locally.  

 

IEC Services 

The IEC will support you to embedded international experience into an existing or a new course in a way that is tailored to your course needs. IEC can support the following areas: 
  • Relationship building and maintenance with community partners, companies and partner institutions  
  • We currently have about 140 international partner institutions world-wide 
  • We have community based-connections and partnerships across Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia 
  • Navigating university policies related to international experience 
  • Assistance with logistics and budget planning 
  • Assistance with the compulsory academic ancillary fee governance process 
  • Marketing under IEC (e.g. website, tabling, recruitment fairs, etc.) and provision of marketing materials 
  • Participant registration, fee collection, overall communication, and student support 
  • Coordination of AODA standards and accommodations 
  • Student needs-based bursary program 
  • Making your ideas comes to life 
  • Intercultural awareness and communications training for remote collaborations 

 

Next Steps 

Book a consultation with a mobility coordinator at the IEC. Contact us at international.utm@utoronto.ca and we will support your request accordingly. Depending on the type of global learning you would like to embed the lead time for program development can vary widely. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible. It is not necessary to have partners in mind or a clear direction when initiating the process. We are happy to provide informational consultations.  

 

Faculty-Led Proposals

Interested faculty must complete a Faculty-Led Proposal detailing their objectives and requirements for the global learning initiative component of the course through the UTM Abroad Staff and Faculty Portal.
The application period will be September 21st, 2020 to October 5th, 2020. Decisions will be communicated to faculty in October 2020. 
For additional information, please contact us at international.utm@utoronto.ca

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What's the typical timeline for adding a Global Learning Initiative to a course?

The timeline for adding GLI to your course varies depending on the type of GLI you are interested in. For less intensive options (guest lecture, joint projects, etc.) we can complete set-up in 1-6 months. For more intensive options and/or options that have an associated cost (UTM Abroad, joint course development) we accept proposals the fall prior to the academic year that you want to run the experience (i.e. we will be accepting proposals for  Fall 2021 to Summer 2022 in October 2020). Please contact us for an approximate timeline for your global learning initiative. 

 

Can my course have more than one type of Global Learning Initiative?

Yes, we're happy to work with you to tailor the global learning initiatives in whichever way aligns with your course!

 

What are the differences between the different Global Learning Initiatives?

 

What types of partnership does this Global Learning Initiative focus on?

Does this opportunity involve travel?

Can this Global Learning Initiative be delivered in an online format?

Global Classrooms

Faculty members at international institutions. 

No.

Yes.

International Community Connections

International community members (I.e. NGOs, companies, community leaders, etc.).

No.

Yes.

Intercultural Learning & Development in the Classroom

Intercultural Student Development Officer and local community members.

No.

Yes.

UTM Abroad 

International faculty and community members. 

Yes. 

No.